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In my opinion, this final drive is exactly as it should be for my needs and riding style.
This is not THE Honda Gold Wing although it is based on it but rather a stripped down version for those who prefer a machine built for lots of various scenarios.
If you are not satisfied, get the Goldwing or the F6B.
In other words "Honda made this bike absolutely perfect as is! Every motorcycle is perfect as built by the manufacturer! If this bike isn't exactly what you want, get rid of it and buy a different bike!"
But in all seriousness, getting a goldwing or an f6b isn't going to fix this issue. They all have the same engine, tranny, and final drive. They all are screaming at 3400rpms doing 75 on the highway.
Maybe the valkyrie is perfect for you. If I didn't spend so much time on the highway, I wouldn't bother with these gears either. But for me, and a lot of other people, highway riding is the bulk of what we do and we all know that this big 6 cylinder is not meant to run at 3500 to 4000 rpms for hours at a time, over and over. It can do it, and you'll still get 200,000 miles out of your bike, but it will still put unnecessary strain on the engine. Why not lessen the burden? Get 400k or more out of it.
Also, these engines sip fuel up to around 3000rpm and then start guzzling anywhere after that. Below 3k I get mid 40s mpg, after 3k I get mid 30s. I ride 300 miles a week, 95% of it on the highway. I'm not a wealthy man. That savings will add up quickly.
Besides, motorcycles are meant to be modified. It's part of the appeal. On the of chance that I ever run across another valkyrie, I don't want mine to be exactly like it. This one is mine, I made it mine.
I believe one of the most important things I've learned about most motorcycle engines, they are built to scream, run wide open, and especially for the flat 6... last forever.
I did not buy it with the idea I would keep it forever. I'd like to but with the all this crazy tech and engineering ramping up, in just a very few short years, all of us may be jumping on the next great machine and the gl1800 motor could look like a child's toy.
My best friend who can buy just about anything machine he wants, just bought a 2019 Triumph Speedmaster. That thing looks like a blast from the past but it fits him the way he wants.
In the meantime, I am absolutely loving this valk and continuing to learn what it is capable of.
|As far as what the Valk is capable of, I've found the limits of its capability for highway commuting and found it lacking. I have since found a way to remedy this fault without sacrificing too much from other capabilities. That's all this is.|
I too think not having taller gearing for interstate riding was an oversight. If they were available and affordable I would have done it already. I plan to hang on to this cruiser for a while. I have a smaller bike in the garage for kicking around so this is mainly for bigger trips far from home. It’s actually hard to believe it isn’t available as aftermarket by now.
They all have the same engine, tranny, and final drive. They all are screaming at 3400rpms doing 75 on the highway.
Also, these engines sip fuel up to around 3000rpm and then start guzzling anywhere after that. Below 3k I get mid 40s mpg, after 3k I get mid 30s. I ride 300 miles a week, 95% of it on the highway.
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